ap·​pend | \ ə-ˈpend How to pronounce append (audio) \
appended; appending; appends

Definition of append

transitive verb

1 : attach, affix appended a diagram to the instructions
2 : to add as a supplement or appendix (as in a book) notes appended to each chapter

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Append is a somewhat formal word. Lawyers, for example, often speak of appending items to other documents, and lawmakers frequently append small bills to big ones, hoping that everyone will be paying attention only to the main part of the big bill and won't notice. When we append a small separate section to the end of a report or a book, we call it an appendix. But in the early years of e-mail, the words we decided on were attach and attachment, probably because appendixes are thought of as unimportant, whereas the attachment is often the whole reason for sending an e-mail.

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Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers also wish to append a coronavirus relief bill to this omnibus measure, and congressional leaders are still negotiating that deal. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump approves two-day stopgap funding to avert shutdown as spending talks continue," 19 Dec. 2020 Some said they were brutally forced to sign or append their fingerprints on their own deportation orders. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "A wave of US deportations has left the fate of African asylum seekers in the balance," 11 Nov. 2020 Quote tweets append a tweet to a user's commentary about it. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Twitter moves to deaden impact of false and misleading tweets ahead of Election Day," 9 Oct. 2020 The feature, which is optional and will be available initially just to select users, lets photo editors append images with detailed information known as metadata that, in essence, travels around with it online. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Can Photoshop help fight faked images?," 20 Oct. 2020 Among the moves Facebook announced Thursday are plans to append a label to any false or premature claims of victory by candidates. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Facebook to Limit Political Ads Week Before Election, Label Premature Calls," 3 Sep. 2020 And, because white nationalists are always eager to append themselves to any group of angry (white) people, there were also a few Confederate flag-wavers talking about revolution. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Anti-Quarantine Protests Aren't About Covid-19," 27 Apr. 2020 The case, which is under litigation in Stockholm, hinges on the rights to .nu, one of those country-specific extensions that appends a URL. Michael Waters, Wired, "The Digital Colonialism Behind .tv and .ly," 7 Feb. 2020 Since then, no labels have been appended to any of the ads. Washington Post, "Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of append

circa 1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for append

Latin appendere, to hang, weigh out, from ad- + pendere to weigh — more at pendant

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The first known use of append was circa 1509

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“Append.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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ap·​pend | \ ə-ˈpend How to pronounce append (audio) \
appended; appending

Kids Definition of append

: to add as something extra append a postscript

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